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Trial Advocacy - Opening and Closing Addresses
Thursday 22 June 2017, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Grey beginnings and colourful ends in the art of persuassion before a jury.

Venue: Law Society Northern Territory, Level 3, 9 Cavenagh Street, Darwin
Cost: $99 incl GST
Level: Suitable for all levels of legal practice

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This CPD forms part of a series of preliminary training for the 2017 Advocacy Workshop on 14-16 July 2017 but everyone is welcome to attend as part of their CPD training.

The opening address at the beginning of the trial gives each party the opportunity to set the basic scene for the court or jury, introduce and delimit the issues and provide a general road map of how the trial is expected to unfold.

The closing address is one of the crucial parts of the case. This gives an advocate the chance to marshal his/her arguments, to make the points explicitly that previously have been only implicit in questions and deal with the points made by the other side. This is also the last change the advocate has to address the court or jury. It is important to make a closing address that is accurate, incisive and persuasive.

This CPD will assist practitioners in the preparation of effective opening and closing addresses.



Mark Thomas

Mark Thomas is an advocate specialising in criminal law, with more than two decades’ experience both for the defence and the Crown. He first worked at the Aboriginal Legal Service in Redfern, Sydney for eight years as a solicitor-advocate. He appeared in a number of Coronial inquests including an Aboriginal Death Custody and had conducted at least 400 hearings at his time at the ALS.

In 1996 he moved to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) and from 1997 for two years was attached to Prosecution Group 6, formerly called the Special Crime Unit dedicated to the prosecution of high profile and complex prosecutions in NSW, especially for the Police. In 2007 he became a Senior Crown Prosecutor at the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions in the NT.

Mark was Counsel in assisting the family of an imprisoned Australian Journalist in Egypt during the initial trial that was conducted in Egypt from February to June 2014. This matter became a cause celebre and attracted protracted international attention.

Mark has an extensive experience dealing with expert evidence in a range of matters including organic chemistry in the recent Commonwealth conspiracy trial of R v Collocott (NT Supreme Court 2015), electricity, medicine, psychiatry, motor vehicle, crash analysis and engineering.

He now practises as a Barrister at John Toohey Chambers.


Earn 1 CPD point in Professional Skills in Legal Practice (CC).

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